45 of the Classiest Chrome Nail Designs for a Polished Look
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Chrome is the perfect design for any lifestyle, event, and size or shape of nail. While you might automatically picture super-long talons painted silver, there are *actually* tonnes of different designs and your base coat will determine just how ‘out there’ your nails will look.
Now we’re fully in the swing of autumn, loads of guys and gals will be opting for chrome nails because, although they work well all year round, the festive season and run-up to Christmas is the perfect time to add some shimmer and shine!
From sleek, mirror-like finishes to holographic designs that catch the light, chrome nails offer a futuristic and eye-catching twist to traditional manicures, and some looks are seriously mesmerising.
Whether you want to add some flecks of gold or silver to your perfect understated French mani, or really up the ante and go for a full-on out-of-this-world liquid chrome look, we’ve got 45 of THE best chrome nail designs to take you through to the new year – and beyond! *Does Buzz Lightyear motion*
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next set of chrome nails, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t forget to screenshot your fave look to show your nail tech!
Who doesn’t LOVE a classic nude set? These babies are the epitome of the clean girl aesthetic and *perfect* for literally any event . Work? Perfect office attire. Party? Understated glam. Wedding day? They won’t upstage your dress but will get noticed.
1. Sweet vanilla almond shape
Almond-shaped nails with vanilla are as chic as you can get.
2. Champagne coffin shape
These nails are the perfect set for a wedding. Or work, Or any event really!
3. Chocolate brown round shape
Seen recently on Hailey Bieber – AKA queen of trending manis – she dubbed this set the “chocolate glazed donut manicure.”
4. Beige iridescent short nails
Seen on Pixie Lott for her wedding day, we LOVE these simple, clean, short and shimmery nails.
Icy cold whites
I *love* a white chrome nail, it’s the perfect combination of understated and glam! Did I mention it also goes with literally. every. outfit?
5. Pearly whites chrome
Forget bright white nails, these pearly ones have a warm undertone that looks tres chic.
6. Whiter than white chrome
But if you’re a fan of white nails, this mani with white powder chrome is for you!
7. Barely there icy white chrome
We are in LOVE with this barely-there mani on long almond nails, the perfect set for a frosty day.
Dramatic black tones
A darker base colour will make your chrome really pop, but black doesn’t have to be gothic! Go all-out dramatic or add some hints of black with nail art.
8. Black chrome
Now these are dramatic! They’re not really something I’d wear every day, but great if you want to make a statement or for the upcoming spooky season (my fave!)
9. Chrome with black details
Understated chrome with tattoo-like details is a great way to add some personality to your mani.
The prettiest of pinks
This trend works really well on barely there pinks as well as the (still ongoing) billion-dollar Barbiecore trend.
10. Pretty pink with gold details
We think this mani is *sooo* dreamy, the added gems are perfect!
11. Peachy keen chrome nails
This silvery chrome is perfect on barely there peach polish.
12. Hot pink Barbiecore nails
If, like us, you’re still hot on the Barbiecore trend, then this set is definitely for you.
Valentine’s Day? Red nails. Date? Red nails. Christmas? Red nails. The list goes on!
13. Bright red coffin nails
Red never goes out of fashion.
14. Hailey Bieber’s chrome with red accents
The queen of chrome was really giving with this mani, complete with bright red tips.
All the blue shades
50 Shades of Grey?! We prefer shades of blue, tbh.
15. Mermaid blue with accents
All you need now is a mermaid tail and a beach!
16. Dark blue long chrome
This mirror-like set will DEFINITELY make a statement, and they look perfect on longer nails.
17. Navy blue nail art
A plain nail is the perfect base for some chrome nail art, this mani is giving us seashell vibes.
Everyone will be *literally* green with envy with these gorge chrome manis.
18. Moss green super shiny nails
You can almost see your face in this moss green mani!
19. Slime green with star details
This nail tech has used airbrushing to create art on these talons and we are SO here for it.
Warm orange shades
Orange is, obviously, perfect for Halloween. But these manis prove this juicy colour is great in any shade and shape – and for any time of year.
20. Aperol spritz nails
Aperol spritz or creamsicle? Whatever you call them, this mani will look great holding a cocktail in a beach bar.
21. Fanta orange with a hint of pink
The hint of pink chrome used on bright orange is the perfect combo.
Lilac, lavender, dark purple, plum, violet, mauve… The list is never-ending for shades of purple that look perfect all year round.
22. Sleepy long lavender nails
23. Lilac French tips
Another plain base with a hint of colour on the tips.
Chrome lends itself *perfectly* to nails that look like they’ve just been smelted! In. Love.
24. Liquid silver statement nails
The liquid silver set is what we envision when someone says ‘chrome mani’, a titanium glaze was used to create these.
25. Gold chrome short French tips
These have GOT to be some of the prettiest short Frenchie we’ve ever seen!
26. Rose gold round nails
Pink is the perfect base for shiny, rose gold chrome.
27. Beautiful bronze round nails
Bronze isn’t just for the face!
28. Copper details
Can’t decide whether you want Frenchies, full colour or some nail art? Who said you have to choose – have it all!
Elevating with nail art
What makes chrome nails EVEN better? Nail art – duh.
29. Ombre iridescent changing chrome
OBSESSED. That’s it.
30. Magical unicorn white and pink
Add some magic to your mani with this unicorn set that changes colour in the light.
31. Rainbow chrome tips
If they’re good enough for Dua Lipa, they’re definitely good enough for us!
32. Classic Frenchies with a twist
Bored of the classic French tips? Add some chrome to elevate the look without going too OTT.
33. Glitter and chrome
Glitter, nail art, chrome, and regular polish combine to create this beautiful mani.
34. Splish splash bubble bath polish
Viral on TikTok, bubble bath nails are effortless simplicity with a hint of girliness, and this milky pink colour with white chrome powder is perfect for all skin tones.
35. A pastel for each nail
Can’t decide which colour you want on this month’s mani? We feel ya. Choose a different one for each nail! Sorted.
36. Yellow chrome with stars
Yellow nails are sure to brighten ANY day.
37. This is your sign to get zodiac nails!
We are seeing tarot nail art in your future. You heard it here first.
38. Swirls – but make them pink chrome
This nude/pink base with bright pink chrome swirls looks amazing with dainty gold jewellery.
39. Matte chrome mani (velvet nails)
A mix of glitter and metallic polish effects, the velvet manicure is all about creating the illusion of texture like, well, velvet!
40. Foil and chrome nails
Foil mixed with chrome – AND pink?! Sign me up.
41. Glazed donut chrome nails
You can’t go wrong with the classic glazed donut.
42. Spring Valentine chrome
Not a hopeless romantic? I’m right there with ya – and I’m slightly in love with this non-soppy mani.
43. Summer colours
Summer is *all about* bright colours, bikinis and beaches – this mani will fit right in.
44. Autumn Halloween chrome skeletons
These skeleton nails are the perfect take on the chrome trend as well as Halloween.
45. Winter Christmas chrome snowflakes
Snowflakes are the epitome of winter and Christmas, and this mani is *literally* perfect.
How to do chrome nails
Still with us? Cool.
You can actually recreate this manicure on your nails from the comfort of your own home, with tonnes of alternatives to visiting the salon.
If you’re a bit of a dab hand with nail polish or gels and fancy giving this a go, here are our quick steps:
1. First, file your nails into the desired shape and buff them to prepare for gel polish. If you’re not using gel polish, skip the buffing.
2. Next, brush on your desired colour, wait for it to dry and add a second coat. Tip: darker colours show up much better with chrome.
3. If you’re using gel, cure the nails under your UV or LED lamp. If using regular polish, wait until all nails are dry.
4. Next, apply a top coat or another layer of base coat. Pro nail artists recommend a ‘no wipe’ top coat.
5. Then use a foam eyeshadow applicator and dip it into the chrome powder. Buff this thoroughly on the nail, smoothing as you go.
6. Keep adding chrome powder and rubbing it onto the nail, pressing down slightly.
7. Brush off excess powder with a fluffy brush, then add a top coat to seal the deal.
The AMAAAZING @nailsbyzola also did this super easy tutorial on her Instagram:
You’re now armed with 45 AMAZING manis for every occasion, length and season – take a photo of your fave look to show your nail tech!
Prefer at home manis? Alternatives to recreating your own manicure look are sooo good these days, with loads of nail stickers, press-ons and nail wraps available – and for a fraction of the price of a trip to the salon!
Follow our step-by-step guide above to get the look from the comfort of your couch.